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About EDAC

EDAC is Canada’s national organization of economic developers.

We’re the Economic Developers Association of Canada.

EDAC is Canada’s national organization of economic developers pursuing excellence in the field since 1968. With over 1,000 members from coast to coast to coast, EDAC delivers a comprehensive program of:

  • Professional development, including the Ec.D. – Canada’s nationally recognized designation for economic developers
  • Networking and information sharing opportunities with a national perspective
  • Tools and resources – both on and offline – for economic development in Canada
Our Mission Statement

To enhance professional competence, advance economic development as a profession, and contribute to Canada’s well-being.

What does EDAC do?

  • Professional Development
  • Professional Accreditation – Ec.D. Designation
  • Educational Seminars and Courses
  • Annual National Professional Development Conferences
  • Awards and Scholarships
  • Federal/Provincial/Municipal/International liaison

We’re committed to the professional development of our members.

  • Seminars and Courses in partnership with accredited delivery agents across Canada
  • Ec.D. Certification and Re-certification
  • RFPs/Resources
  • National Career Postings
  • Member Assistance Program
  • Member Directory
  • EDAC Legacy Scholarship Fund
  • Annual Scholarships

We are affiliated with:

  • Provincial / Territorial Economic Development Associations
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
  • Economic Development Australia (EDA)
  • European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA)
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
  • Government of Canada
  • International Network for Economic Developers (INED)
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • University of Sherbrooke
  • University of Waterloo
  • Ryerson University
  • GoForth Institute